AVIAN PRODUCTIVITY AND SURVIVORSHIP (MAPS) PROGRAM: CONTINENT-WIDE
The Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship
(MAPS) Program comprises a continent-wide network
of hundreds of constant-effort mist netting stations. Analyses of
the resulting banding data provide critical information relating to
the ecology, conservation, and management of North American landbird
populations, and the factors responsible for changes in their populations.
MAPS demographic monitoring techniques
are specifically recommended for monitoring the effectiveness of avian
conservation efforts in
the publication "Opportunities
for Improving Avian Monitoring" released
by the U.S.
North American Bird Conservation Initiative Monitoring Subcommittee
research activities are featured in project reports and peer-reviewed
publications on the IBP Publications
page and in our own journal Bird Populations.
In addition, our annual or bi-annual newsletter MAPSChat
provides useful or interesting articles for MAPS operators.
a MAPS Station - We encourage people to establish new
MAPS stations, and our highly experienced instructors offer intensive
beginner classes to train new banders, or advanced classes to improve
aging and sexing techniques. We rely upon donations
to provide data verification and other support for station operators.
Directory - Some MAPS operators maintain their own website
and use monitoring for research, education, and community outreach.
NBII-MAPS Query Interface
and Important MAPS Results – IBP researchers and
other parties are beginning to understand the temporal and spatial
patterns that appear in MAPS data, information critical to conserving
birds throughout their annual life cycle.
and Research Collaborations – IBP collaborates
with federal, academic, and other avian researchers to develop our
understanding of avian ecology and evolution by providing critical
datasets with which to test alternate hypotheses, and analytical expertise.
– Although the majority of MAPS stations are run by independent
operators, many clusters of MAPS stations are operated (or have been
operated) directly by IBP on federal lands under the stewardship of
the Forest Service (esp. Pacific Northwest Region Six), Department
of Defense (Army, Navy, and Corps of Engineers), National Park Service,
and US Fish and Wildlife Service. We provide monitoring summaries
and management resources for many locations that have operated for
15 years or longer.
MAPS, Weather, and Climate
– The influence of weather and climate upon bird populations
is increasingly well understood. MAPS data provide a critical resource
for teasing out out the important relationships between seasonal weather
patterns (and climate) and bird demographics. Variation in the El
Nino Southern Oscillation, North Atlantic Oscillation, and the North
American Monsoon seasonally influence survival and productivity of
species that breed in North America (Nott et al. 2002). We combine
both winter monitoring data (MoSI Program) and MAPS data to identify
important influences throughout the annual life cycles of birds.
and Supervisory Biologist Positions – Every
year IBP recruits crews of volunteer interns (many have never banded
birds before) and experienced biologists to operate a network of MAPS
stations on federal lands to a) monitor background patterns of landbird
demographics, b) monitor the effects of management on species of conservation
concern, and c) identify the causes of population change. Such opportunities
are often sought after by aspiring student biologists, sometimes for
class credits (Photo
For further information about the MAPS program, please
contact MAPS Coordinator Danielle
Kaschube (Tel: 609 892-0445).
An IBP representative can also be contacted at our
P.O. Box 1346; Point Reyes Station, CA 94956-1346;
Telephone: (415) 663-1436 FAX: (415) 663-9482.
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